Explore Western France this autumn

Autumn is one of the best times to visit France. With a renewed tranquillity following the summer frenzy, and with stunning colours in the trees, the country’s nearest regions make for a perfect easy getaway with your partner.

Normandy and Brittany are packed with history and art, gentle countryside and a dramatic coastline – and you can sip local cider while tasting fresher-than-fresh seafood and creamy cheese. The Loire Valley, home to majestic châteaux and vineyards, is resplendent in autumn as it embraces the grape harvest; and out on the Atlantic Coast, seaside resort life continues at a slower pace.

The best bit? It’s all accessible from the comfort of your own car, after a short hop across the Channel with Brittany Ferries. What are you waiting for?